Geotechnical Engineer Salary (United States)

More than half of Geotechnical Engineers report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $61,277 per year on average. Pay begins at $43,624 on the low end and climbs to $85,305 per year near the top. Total cash compensation to Geotechnical Engineers bottoms out near $44,487 and approaches $84,024 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $6,107 from bonuses and almost $9,729 from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and more than half get vision benefits. Men make up the vast majority of Geotechnical Engineers (81 percent). Most Geotechnical Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Geotechnical Engineer Salary (?
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$44,487 - $84,024
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MEDIAN: $60,224
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Geotechnical Engineer Salary (?
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$16.16 - $36.02
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$44,487 - $84,024  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,107  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $9,729  
Total Pay (?
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$43,624 - $85,305  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 666
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$16.16 - $36.02  
   
Overtime
$20.53 - $41.19  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,107  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $9,729  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,624 - $85,305  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.
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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks
  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

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Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Project and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 5 percent respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, AutoCAD, and AutoDesk. People who know Microsoft Office usually also know Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay for Geotechnical Engineers increases steadily with experience. Salaries can reach $69K from $55K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $83K. Paychecks crawl to six figures after completing 20 years on the job, approximating $83K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 11 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 12 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, most land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$61,000
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Geotechnical Engineers will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Other big spenders include Portland, New York, Houston, and Dallas, top-paying cities where Geotechnical Engineers see paychecks higher than average (+13 percent, +8 percent, +8 percent, and +7 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around -4 percent in Atlanta and -3 percent in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Project
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Microsoft Excel
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$61,000
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 218 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 6%
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